(ISN) – Saskatoon, SK—The playoff hopes of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team are still alive.
The WolfPack swept the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-0 on Friday night (Feb 6). That moves Thompson Rivers to 12-11. That is the same record as the Huskies have with one match to go in the regular season (tomorrow-Sat Feb 7).
The scores were 30-28,27-25,28-26.
“To win on the road on the first night was huge for us,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly, whos team has won seven in a row. ” We were steady and had some controlled serves.”
Hennelly gave credit to Daniel Eiklend Rod (second year, middle, Oz, Norway) for making some big plays in the middle. ” Brad (Gunter, fourth year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) and Stu (Richey, fifth year, outside hitter, Robert’s Creek, BC) were strong as well,” he said. “Stu made some clutch points and Nic Balazs (fourth year, middle, Prince George,BC) had some key blocks.”
The WolfPack coach added that he was glad the match was over in three.
Gunter: the CIS player of the year had 16 kills in 30 chances with three service aces and 10 digs.
Casey Knight (fifth year, outside hitter, Salt Spring Island, BC) added 10 kills in 25 opportunities with four digs and two block assists. Richey and Rod each had nine kills a piece.
Graham Stoliker (fourth year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 43 assists.
For Saskatchewan: Jordan Nowakowski had 12 kills in 27 swings with three digs. Matthew Busse added 10 kills in 23 chances with a service ace and four digs. Troy Weibe had 31 assists.
The two teams will close out the regular season on Saturday (Feb 7) in Saskatoon. It is a ‘do or die’ situation for both teams with two playoff spots up for grabs and UBC (who entered Friday at 11-11) all in the mix.